Hulk Hogan used to battle giants in the ring, but he’s now fighting to save his reputation. On ‘Good Morning America,’ Hulk gave his first interview since his racist comments scandal, breaking down in tears and asking fans to forgive his use of the n-word!
Hulk Hogan, 62, has kept quiet ever since the National Enquirer leaked his racist comments from his reported sex tape. Hulk’s use of the n-word got him fired from the WWE — they even scrubbed from it’s Hall of Fame website. Now, the pro-wrestling legend broke his silence. In an interview that saw Hulk cry, he begged fans for forgiveness!
Hulk opened up about the scandal on the Aug. 31 edition of Good Morning America, reports Yahoo. Speaking with ABC News’s Amy Robach, Hulk addressed the racist rant that resulted in him fired from Tough Enough and erased from all of WWE’s websites. During the conversation, the man who once slammed Andre The Giant couldn’t hold back the tears over what he’d done.
“I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I wanted to kill myself,” Hulk said, explaining that he was at a dark time in his life when he made his racist slurs. When Hogan went off on his rant, he was angry with his daughter, Brooke Hogan. Hulk dropped the n-word in describing her then-boyfriend. Those notorious remarks were recorded on his alleged sex tape and the conversation was leaked in July.
Amy then read a poem that Brooke posted during the height of the scandal: “If you knew the Dad I knew / You’d know he raised me well/ He taught me folks are so much more / than shades can ever tell.” Brooke defended her dad during the controversy, saying that her dad wasn’t a racist. Hulk felt the love from his daughter, because when Amy read the poem, Hulk started to cry!
“If anybody should’ve disowned me, it should have been her,” Hulk said. “She’s should’ve been the one to throw me out like the trash, but instead, she’s shown me more love than anybody.”
During the interview, Hulk once again said he wasn’t a racist and that his use of the n-word came from growing up in a low-income neighborhood of Tampa, where his African-American friends would often use the word. “You inherit things from your environment,” Hulk said.
The pro-wrestling icon didn’t use this as an excuse for that language, but as an explanation. “I never should have said what I said. It was wrong and I’m embarrassed by it.” Hulk added. To all the fans he let down, Hulk asked for forgiveness. “Oh my gosh,” he said. “Please forgive me.”
What do you think of Hulk’s interview, HollywoodLifers? Are you ready to forgive him?
— Jason Brow